Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Jay Rockefeller
U.S. Senator (D-West Virginia) Member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 01/29/2014
Rockefeller: it's something I feel so strongly about a have to make a statement. The President announced that section 215 telephone metadata should no longer be stored by the government. He asked the Director of National Intelligence to come up with new options. Ultimately, the decision rests with Congress and this Senator absolutely opposes contracting out this inherently core governmental function. What seems to be lost in this conversation is that everyday we face a growing and evolving threat from multiple enemies that could cost American lives. The terrorist threat remains real and ongoing. The government's ability to quickly assess the data that has protected American terrorist attack.
Jay Rockefeller
U.S. Senator (D-West Virginia) Member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 01/29/2014
Rockefeller: practically, we do not have the technical capacity to do this. And certainly it’s impossible to do so without the possibility of massive mistakes or catastrophic privacy violations. There are hundreds and hundreds of telecommunication companies in this country. They each have their own niches. So you just can't talk about one or two big ones. They're all going to have to go into this protocol. Prospects are just daunting and to me, ridiculous. They do not want to become agents of the government. They do not want to become the governments guardians of data. They stress that.The telecom providers themselves do not want to do this and for good reason. Telecom companies do not take an oath of allegiance to protect domestically and internationally. Small matter? No it isn’t. It’s a big matter. They are neither counterterrorist agencies nor privacy protection organizations. They are businesses interested in the bottom line.
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